Advisory Board

Professor Tom W. Bell

Tom W. Bell, J.D. is Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law. As a professor of law and a policy analyst, he’s mainly written about copyright, free speech, prediction markets and gambling, and telecommunications. He’s also written about other law and technology issues, too, though, as well as about various unwired legal issues. In addition to writing a steady stream of scholarly works, Tom has appeared on or been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and many other news sources.
 
Tom’s published papers include Pornography, Privacy, and Digital Self-Help, Prediction Markets for Promoting the Progress of Science and the Useful Arts, Authors’ Welfare: Copyright as a Statutory Mechanism for Redistributing Rights, Copyright as Intellectual Property Privilege, Codifying Copyright’s Misuse Defense, Gambling for the Good, Trading for the Future: The Legality of Markets in Science Claims, Escape from Copyright: Market Success vs. Statutory Failure in the Protection of Expressive Works, Private Prediction Markets and the Law, Free Speech, Strict Scrutiny, and Self-Help: How Technology Upgrades Constitutional Jurisprudence, and The Impact of Blogging on the Practice of Law: Hit the Snooze Button.
 
Tom earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993, where he served both as a member of the University of Chicago Law Review and as Articles Editor and cofounder of the University of Chicago Legal Roundtable.
 
After graduating from law school, he practiced at the Silicon Valley law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He entered teaching in 1995, when he joined the Law and Technology Program at the University of Dayton School of Law. After teaching at that school, and just prior to joining the Chapman faculty, he served as Director of Telecommunications and Technology Studies at the Cato Institute.
 
Tom contributes to such blogs as Agoraphilia, Midas Oracle, The Technology Liberation Front, MoneyLaw, and College Life O.C.